At SAE Convergence 2010 Conference and Exhibition, Microsoft announced the Windows Embedded Automotive 7, designed to support the development of new infotainment systems, WEA7 is an industry-leading platform providing integrated services for communication, entertainment, navigation and information for mass market.
Windows Embedded Automotive is the software platform that auto manufacturers and suppliers such as Ford, Kia, Fiat, Nissan, Alpine and Paccar are using to develop next-generation in-car infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models worldwide, which allows them to quickly create in-vehicle experiences that're easier to use and more engaging for drivers and passengers.
Key features include speech commands, touch input, hands-free Bluetooth phone communications, advanced dashboard systems for access to music, maps, third-party apps and navigation, and streamlined connectivity with other devices.
Microsoft's powering the touch-screen Information Hub for 2011 Nissan LEAF electric car. The hub gives LEAF drivers and passengers a navigation system and electricity charging station locator. It also shares power consumption monitoring information with drivers, and enables easy in-car climate monitoring -- all on top of a smooth, quiet electric ride.